I finished the fifth draft of The Parliament of Poets at the end of March, so it’s on to the sixth… I think I now have to type it up because on the last pass through I discovered I had written the same several-line incident twice, in different books! I suppose, running around in my head, I wanted to be sure I worked it into the poem. Anyway, I’ve decided writing seven drafts by hand is no longer the way to go. I have probably over 98% of the poem on paper and need to be able to search the text to avoid repetitions and polish foreshadowing, things like that. Why not take advantage of technology Tolstoy didn’t have?
Also, I found reading from Book III in Buffalo, and preparing for it, that I revised passages and lines more in terms of oral and colloquial impact, though I had usually or often read the poem out loud to myself when writing the previous drafts. I think now that this is what I must do for the sixth draft. Read it as much as possible to a live audience and think and hear it, reflected back to me, really, in that way. I’ve always remembered hearing that Dickens would often try out different versions on audiences during his readings, revising accordingly. Something like that…
I’ve been astonished that I felt like the figure on the Rhapsode Amphora, lifted to that realm of transcendent song. I can not imagine ever having too much of that experience.
I’ll be reading from The Parliament of Poets at Austin International Poetry Festival in September, but two to four times a month between now and then would really help. If you know of any place willing to listen, let me know… use Contact under About.
I’ll be reading from the fifth draft of my epic poem The Parliament of Poets at the 2012 Albany Word Fest, Saturday, April 21, 2012, 1:15 pm, in Albany, New York, at the Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210. Main Library Large Auditorium. You’re invited! https://www.albanypoets.com/wordfest/
For a previous excerpt, see my reading at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Buffalo, New York, March 24, 2012, from Book III, in medias res, on the moon. Copyright (c) 2012 Frederick Glaysher.
“Who needs warp drive when I’ve got Queen Mab,
My escort and midwife of my dreams.”
Apollo's Troupe, Performing in The Underground at The Hilberry Theatre, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. A story of humanity coming together in universal peace. May 17, 8:00pm; May 18, 8:00pm; May 19, 3:00pm Continue reading →
I’ll first outline in brief the experiment of the Charles Street Meeting House in Boston, from 1949 to about 1960, and sketch a little how it looks now given the life of our country and culture during the intervening fifty-five years, and then suggest the value the experiment might still hold for today. In 1964, […]
Encore Michigan Article on Apollo's Troupe. A Parliament of Poets 05/17–05/19. DETROIT—On May 17, the theater company, Apollo’s Troupe, will debut the stage-adaptation of the critically- acclaimed epic poem, The Parliament of Poets, written by Michigan poet Frederick Glaysher and published in 2012 by Earthrise Press. The show will be at the newly-renamed Underground at […]
Apollo's Troupe in The Underground at The Hilberry Theatre, Wayne State University. (Formerly Studio Theatre) May 17, 8:00pm; May 18, 8:00pm; May 19, 3:00pm Students: $15, Faculty/Staff: $23, General $28 Approximately 2 hours. 15-minute intermission. TICKETS at WSU www.WSUshows.com (Apollo's Troupe) Continue reading →
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